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Sudbury mining symposium to focus on soft skills

MECA will be held Oct. 9-11 in Nickel City
Downtown Sudbury
Sudbury will host the Mining Engagement Conference for Advancement Oct. 9-11. (File photo)

What are the soft skills required to succeed in the mining industry? Industry professionals are encouraged to find out during a two-day symposium being held in Sudbury this Oct. 9-11.

The goal of the Mining Engagement Conference for Advancement (MECA) is to “create a working environment where people can take positive action to further their personal advancement and contribute to the growth of the organization as a whole.”

The symposium is being hosted in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Featured activities include workshops, a plenary session, guest speakers and site visits.

Keynote speakers will include Samantha Espley and Roy Slack, the conference’s honorary co-chairs; Ian Pearce, chair at New Gold, Nevsun Resources and MineSense Technologies; and Stephen de Jong, CEO of VRIFY, which develops interactive virtual mine site tours.

A plenary session will explore the topic of the benefit of experiential learning in mining.

Workshop topics will include Why Distress Tolerance Matters, Connecting with People Through Engaging Conversations, and Influence without Authority.

Activities for the symposium will be rounded out by a think tank session, site visits, and an evening gala event.

Registration for the conference is open now. Visit for more information.